Enhancing the TMS320C6713 DSK for DSP Education

Cameron Wright, Michael Morrow, Thad Welch
2005 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
The introduction of the Texas Instruments TMS320C6713 DSP Starter Kit (DSK) brought a much more capable, stable, and robust DSP development environment to DSP education. However, while the DSK had many improvements over the TMS320C6711 DSK, it did not include any way to transfer data to and from the host computer except through the debugger interface, which is extremely limited in bandwidth and requires that the TI software tools be available. This means that the existing suite of winDSK6
more » ... te of winDSK6 demonstration tools cannot be run on the 6713 DSK, denying educators a valuable teaching and classroom demonstration resource. Also, there is no way to interface an application on the host PC directly to the DSK, limiting the ability of students to create stand-alone, interactive projects using the DSK. To solve this problem, the authors have created an interface to the TMS320C6713 DSK that uses the Host Port Interface (HPI) to provide both a means for a PC host application to boot software onto the DSK, and to permit the transfer of data between the DSK and the host PC application. A software package makes it possible for students to create stand-alone Windows applications that communicate directly with the DSK. In addition to parallel port communication, the interface provides USB, RS-232, and digital input/output ports as user selectable resources available to the DSK software. This paper discusses the specific capabilities of the hardware and software interface, summarizes the software applications and library calls available, and relates our experiences in using all of it. The presentation will include a demonstration of the capabilities and uses of this interface. The authors freely distribute the software components of the interface for educational use.
doi:10.18260/1-2--14649 fatcat:wjtanlaph5fvjcuibtncaxbmce